In order to prepare teachers to do this, number one you have to have them to work on adult SEL (social emotional learning). So work on their social competencies in terms of developing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. – Wendy Turner
In this episode we are going to deep dive into how to infuse social emotional learning into your classroom. Today, we are really honored to have Wendy Turner joining us.
Wendy is a 2nd grade teacher and 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, a large suburban school in Delaware, with over 750 students and a diverse population. Wendy is interested in trauma-informed practices, global education, social-emotional learning, and empathy in education, and she loves every moment spent with her seven- and eight-year-olds.
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Show Notes with Selected Links
- [1:33] The story that drove Wendy to become a teacher after in business world for 17 years.
- [3:15] How does Wendy find previous business world experience add on different color into her teaching ? Or how does it shape her differently in teaching compared to other educators?
- [4:36] Wendy’s journey to find out the importance of social emotional learning.
- [7:23] What is social emotional learning? Wendy believes the best way to infuse SEL in the classroom is to be a model for our students by identifying what we need to work on, and engaging in that work right before our students’ eyes.
- [10:21] Examples for self management activities to do in the classroom.
- [14:48] How many colors do students choose? Do they create by themselves?
- [16:22] What is emotional checks in jamboard ?
- [19:56] Examples to practice empathy with a space for collaboration.
- [24:23] Ways to identify the students are making process in social emotional learning.
- [27:56] There were lots of things happening in the past months, from Black Lives Matter to Capitol riot, how did Wendy have converse with her students about all these events that will be written into our history?
- [30:45] Books that influenced Wendy in the past few years.
- [32:56] If Wendy has a super power to change education system in America, what would it be?
- [33:45] Parting thoughts
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- How did you know your students’ emotional state in the distance learning environment?
- How did you explain to your students about events like BLM or Capitol riot in the US?
What can you do tomorrow
- Practice SEL ourselves. Be transparent with your progress and encourage them to work together with you.
- Check out these optimistic closure activities and experiment in your own classroom.